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HALL STAFF | Leading the way

Hall staff members (resident assistants and assistant hall directors) provide advice and counsel as students adjust to residence hall life. Each member of the hall staff plans and coordinates educational and social activities throughout the academic year.

2019-20 Staff Application Deadline | Oct. 26, 2018

pdf Download an application.

Return the completed application to Nicholas Goodman in the Long Student Center, Room 203.

Resident Assistant Position Description, Qualifications, Duties, & Compensation

Position Description

The resident assistant (RA) position at Baker University is a nine-month assignment (fall and spring semesters, plus interterm) with primary responsibility for the development of a community atmosphere on a residence hall floor of 20 to 40 people. These duties include programming for floor and building, hall duty, being available to the residents for referrals and service, and applying the university’s conduct policies and philosophy. As a member of the Residence Life staff, the resident assistant works with supervision from the assistant hall director (AHD), who reports directly to the director of Residence Life and is responsible to the dean of students.

Qualifications

  • At least one year of residential hall living (preferred)
  • Must be in good standing with Baker University
  • Full-time enrollment at Baker University
  • A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5
  • Valid certification in CPR, AED, and first aid (certification provided during hall staff training in August)
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work during vacation periods (fall break, Thanksgiving, winter break, spring break, Easter) and interterm as required
  • Additional employment, internship, or student teaching responsibilities while a staff member must be approved by the director of Residence Life.

Duties

  • Must fully participate in training workshops and team activities before the start of school in the fall and additional training and events throughout the year.
  • Will not be able to participate in an off-campus interterm without previous approval from the director of Residence Life and the dean of students.
  • Check Baker University email daily, and respond to all emails and communications (phone, text, etc.) in a timely manner.
  • Register Baker email and personal cell phone with B-Alert emergency notification system.
  • Serve as a liaison with the Office of Student Affairs and as a representative of Baker University at all times.
  • Be a contributing member of the Residence Life staff team, cooperating with the other staff, the Office of Student Affairs, Baker University offices, and Baldwin City officials.
  • Provide ongoing feedback about the hall and residents as required by policy, in hall staff meetings, and as requested.
  • Assist in preparation, execution, and aftermath of the building for student check-in and check-out processes.
  • Assist in mediating roommate problems by completing roommate agreements and facilitating discussion between the residents.
  • Serve as a positive role model for residents.
  • Document unacceptable behavior among residents and provide incident reports to the director of Residence Life within 24 hours of the incident.
  • Assist in the reporting and tracking of work orders, assuring that needs in rooms are being met.
  • Attend monthly in-service meetings and serve on a Residence Life committee.
  • Assist in identifying needs among staff so that specific in-service training sessions can be established.
  • Participate in the promotion, interviewing, selection, and placement of new undergraduate residence life candidates.
  • Attend weekly staff meetings led by the assistant hall director.
  • Check hall mailbox in hall offices and post any provided signs in a timely manner.
  • Respond to emergency calls on campus and refer the problem to the assistant hall director, Campus Safety, and/or 911.
  • Perform all functions of designated weeknight duty and designated rotating weekend duty.
  • Hold floor or building meetings to keep residents advised of changing policies, programs, and happenings on campus.
  • Supervise and assess floor environment, physical floor needs, and individual resident needs.
  • Assist in room moves by proper inventory control, key exchange, and floor chart updates.
  • Be available in the hall and on your floor for the residents by having an open-door policy and on nights when duty or backup duty is required.
  • Be an active listener, remain in touch with residents, facilitate problem solving, and refer students with problems to the appropriate offices.
  • Encourage academic success and the maintenance of an atmosphere conducive to learning throughout the entire hall.
  • Assist in crisis intervention and student conduct management for the hall.
  • Prepare and implement programming according to the qualitative and quantitative requirements of the programming model and supervisor.
  • Complete a monthly educational bulletin board and door decorations by the standards set by the department.
  • Remain on campus after students have checked out to inventory and close building.
  • Encourage and support both staff and university programming by being a resource person and attending the events.
  • Work with other residents and staff to develop programming for academic, cultural, recreational, and social enrichment of the community.
  • Complete all other duties and tasks as assigned by the assistant hall director, director of Residence Life, and dean of students.
  • Abide by all policies in the Student Handbook and Code of Conduct.
  • Participate in assigned Residence Life student staff committee and complete assigned projects
  • Other duties as assigned

Compensation

  • The resident assistant will be supplied with a room when space permits and when the hall is officially open.
  • Proposed compensation ($1,990) is divided into nine equal installments. Purchase of a meal plan is required.
Assistant Hall Director Position Description, Qualifications, Duties, & Compensation

Position Description

The assistant hall director (AHD) position is an undergraduate position with responsibility for the development of a community atmosphere in the living area of 100 to 190 residents and staff. The assistant hall director coordinates and advises student personnel functions of the living area. In addition, the AHD manages the operations for the living area and assists the director of Residence Life with the coordination of the physical maintenance of the living area with the university maintenance staff.

Qualifications

  • At least one year of residential hall living and staff experience
  • Good standing with Baker University
  • Full-time enrollment at Baker University with at least 60 or more credit hours
  • A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5
  • Valid certification in CPR, AED, and first aid (certification provided during hall staff training in August)
  • Excellent interpersonal and managerial skills
  • Ability to work during vacation periods (fall break, Thanksgiving, Christmas, spring break, Easter) and interterm as required
  • Additional employment, internship, or student teaching responsibilities while a staff member must be approved by the director of Residence Life

Duties

  • Complete duties outlined in the resident assistant position description as determined by the director of Residence Life.
  • Provide supervision of all hall staff and execution of duties within assigned hall.
  • Coordinate, monitor, and track completion of quality hall programming requirements.
  • Assist with RA training through Behind Closed Doors event and other presentations.
  • Remain on campus after students have checked out to inventory and close building.
  • Participate in the second-tier duty rotation.
  • Oversee the creation of and maintain the RA duty schedule and provide to the director of Residence Life upon request.
  • Supervise office operation, including key control, inventory upkeep, office forms, and work-order tracking.
  • Provide an organized check-in and checkout procedure including inventory forms, damage billings, and key control.
  • Oversee the duty procedures in your hall, including the rounds, duty logs, and incident reports required of staff.
  • Respond to emergency calls on campus and refer the problem to the director of Residence Life, administrator on-call, and Campus Safety or 911.
  • Evaluate and track the quality of hall staff, assuring that rounds are being done satisfactorily.
  • Track and assist with the designated programming initiatives of the RA staff and provide this information to the director as requested.
  • Attend regular group and individual meetings with the director.
  • Lead regular staff meetings of assigned hall staff.
  • Advise Residence Life student groups as determined by the director of Residence Life.
  • Lead assigned Residence Life student staff committee and execute assigned projects.
  • Regularly collect, respond to, and distribute correspondence.
  • Complete regular office hours with director of Residence Life (variable according to paraprofessional supervision responsibilities).
  • Other duties as assigned

Compensation

  • The assistant hall director residing in halls will be supplied with a room when space permits and when the hall is officially open.
  • Proposed remuneration ($2,250) is divided into nine equal installments. Purchase of a meal plan is required.
Application Process
  1. Prepare your resume and cover letter.
    Print and submit a pdf completed application, attach a resume and cover letter, and turn in at Long Student Center 203. Contact Susan Wade in Career Services (785.594.8435, susan.wade@bakerU.edu) to set up an individual meeting if you would like assistance creating or reviewing your cover letter and resume.
  2. Sign up for a group interview time at Long Student Center 203 when you turn in the application.

Application Timeline

  • Application opens: Oct. 1, 2018
  • Priority deadline: Oct. 26, 2018
  • Assistant hall director interview: Nov. 5-9, 2018
  • RA group interview: Nov. 10-11, 2018
  • RA individual interview: Nov. 17-18, 2018
  • Offer and status letter: Nov. 27, 2018

CONTACT US

Nicholas Goodman
Director of Residence Life
785.594.4792
fax: 785.594.4568
reslife@bakerU.edu
P.O. Box 65
Baldwin City, KS 66006-0065

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